“John Keats described autumn as a season when gathering swallows twitter in the skies. It is also a season when gathering judges twitter in the skies, as they travel to conferences, meetings and exchanges all over the world. The purpose of this migration is to learn about, and possibly to learn from, the laws of other jurisdictions. The judges are following in a long tradition, which can be traced back to the ancient world …”
Lord Reed at the Centre for Private Law, University of Edinburgh, Comparative Law in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, 13 October 2017.